only read HWC's review so far (will save the rest for reading material while bored at work) and skimmed others for later
but so far, I'm sorry, this is underwhelming for all the hype. I don't see any triumph in engineering. it just looks like they threw more power and heat and took a bite on pricing to try and make a statement. it just feels like a blunt hammer response
for all the hype, this doesn't impress me from an engineering stand point. an already small company with a poor track record only has this to show? good thing they threw all that money at TrueAudio
I want to be an AMD fanboy again, I really do. When I was younger, my dad lead a BIOS R&D development team for AMD - I was a screaming fanboy. Then they bought ATi. Then the layoffs started. I watched their stock go from mid/high ~$20's to what it is now (~$3). my father avoided many waves of layoffs because of his position, but even he was cut eventually. He now works at Cray, and he is not afraid at any moment to tell anyone that the environment and general higher intelligence level was a huge surprise - he said working at AMD in retrospect felt like college
I mean seriously, a physical switch for fan profiles? what is this, the 90's?
/endrant. I miss the old days of AMD. I miss when ATi wasn't AMD. I still think the acquisition was the dumbest move ever